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Finally working

Posted March 21, 2012 @ 8:48 am by brian — Filed under: Off Topic Tags: , , ,

I finally figured out how to get this site working on the WordPress editor for my phone! This is basically a test post to see how well it works.


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Planting a Garden

Posted July 6, 2011 @ 7:40 pm by sean — Filed under: Off Topic,Projects

This is a new type of “project” for me: planting a garden. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now since I have a bit of land of my own, and finally it’s come to fruition.

Constructing It

I went with a raised-bed garden, which means I made some 4 foot by 8 foot frames out of untreated 2x8s, and within the frames I added some organic soil to the native soil and mixed them together. Around the outside of the garden, I put up a fence to hinder critters from helping themselves to the fruits of my labor.

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Free Software Highlight: GnuCash

Posted March 30, 2011 @ 11:19 am by sean — Filed under: Off Topic,Software

Not everyone likes doing double-entry accounting… including me. But I do it anyway, because after squeaking by my accounting classes in college, I now know that there’s no better way to get a handle on your finances. I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t keeping track of every dollar I spend, I’d have a much tougher time deciding whether or not I can afford purchases.

Given my penchant for software freedom, I was happy to find a few years ago there are some free/open-source double-entry accounting options… I went with one called GnuCash, which aims to be a Quickbooks replacement (though I actually prefer it to Quickbooks now that I’m used to it, because it’s more straightforward for my use-case, personal finances).

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